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Croatia & Slovenia Cruise and Countryside Discovery

Sail through the emerald green waters of Croatia for 7 nights on a privately chartered deluxe cruise vessel before taking in the picturesque countryside of Croatia and Slovenia; including the enchanting Lake Bled.

Highlights:

  • Enjoy a 7-night deluxe cruise along the Dalmatian Coast
  • Experience a traditional Dalmatian village dinner on the island of Korcula
  • Explore the unique salt lakes on Mljet
  • Visit an oyster farm with a tasting session
  • Try some of the unique wines made on the island of Vis
  • Experience the natural light phenomenon of the Blue Caves
  • Take in the wonderful sunset views from the castle walls on Hvar
  • Walk the streets of the living Diocletian’s Palace in Split
  • Admire the UNESCO Plitvice NP with its numerous waterfalls and lakes
  • Wander the ‘Croatian Riviera’ and try one of the many restaurants of Opatija
  • Take a train into the subterranean wonderland of the Postojna Caves
  • Soak up the beautiful views overlooking Lake Bled from Bled castle
  • People watch from one of the many street cafes in Zagreb
  • Guaranteed departures.

Inclusions:

  •  Transport in air-conditioned coaches as per the above itinerary
  •  6 nights accommodation in specified hotels or similar
  •  7-night deluxe cruise
  • 13 breakfasts, 6 lunches, 5 dinners
  • Sightseeing and entrance fees as indicated in the above itinerary
  • Cruise director
  • English speaking guide for the entire journey
  • Private arrival and departure airport to hotel transfers.

Croatia & Slovenia Cruise and Countryside Discovery


Day 1: Dubrovnik

Arrive into Dubrovnik airport be meet by driver and transferred to your hotel. Rest of the day at leisure. In the evening welcome drinks with the rest of the group and guide. Hotel: Grand Hotel Park or similar. Room: Lead in Room.

Day 2: Dubrovnik

Morning is at leisure until transfer from hotel to Dubrovnik Gruž harbour to board our cruise vessel, MS Aquamarin After settling in on board, we will head to the city gates for a guided tour of the city. The special charm of this ancient town are the buildings that have remained from the time of the old Dubrovnik Republic. A larger part of the monuments belong to the modest Renaissance architecture with some traces of the Gothic style. Take the cable car from the Old Town to Srd Mountain to enjoy scenic views of the Walls and Elaphiti Islands. After the tour, return transfer to our ship for a welcome meet & greet cocktail reception on board. Ship: MS Aquamarin. Cabin: Outside cabin. *Breakfast and dinner included.

DubrovnikDay 3: Dubrovnik

Slano Today we depart for a small village on the mainland called Slano. Enjoy the magic scenery as the ship cruises around Dubrovnik city walls before continuing to one of the Elaphiti islands for a swim stop. Afternoon arrival into Slano, a peaceful fishermen’s village and our starting point to Ston, once fortified small village famous for its oysters. After exploring the town’s medieval ramparts, we head to a small nearby village to learn more about oysters and tasting this delicious treat. Return to the ship, for a Captain's dinner. Ship: MS Aquamarin. Cabin: Outside cabin. *Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 4: Slano – Mljet

The next morning we head further north to the Island of Mljet. The legend says Greek hero Odysseus spent years on this island when he was captured by the nymph Calypso. Join the cruise manager for a stroll to the famous salt lakes in the Mljet National Park and enjoy a boat ride to the St Mary Isle to visit an ancient Benedictine monastery, an old abbey and a Church dating back to the 12th Century. Alternatively, you can rent kayaks, bicycles, scooters or convertible cars to roam around the National Park or island on your own but beware of the nymphs. Time at leisure for dinner and overnight in port Polaca or Pomena.

Ship: MS Aquamarin. Cabin: Outside cabin. *Breakfast, lunch and dinner included.

Day 5: Mljet – Korcula

Today we have an early morning departure towards the Korcula island best known as the birthplace of Marco Polo. Stop for lunch in one of the secluded bays en-route. Afternoon arrival in Korcula followed by a guided walking tour of this enchanting town surrounded by walls and one of the best-preserved medieval cities in the Mediterranean. Fishbone street pattern was used in Korcula Old Town design to reduce effects of wind and sun and provide citizens with sheltered and comfortable accommodation. Korcula has an abundant choice of restaurants to enjoy a gourmet experience and numerous bars and clubs for those looking for evening entertainment. Optional excursion to small village near Korcula for typical Dalmatian dinner and to learn about the history and traditional way of living. Ship: MS Aquamarin. Cabin: Outside cabin.*Breakfast and lunch included.

Vis CroatiaDay 6: Korcula – Vis

Continue to the island of Vis, once a strategic naval Yugoslav base and closed to the public. Due to this isolation, Vis has a special charm – “the Mediterranean as it once was” making it interesting to visit. Vis town, situated on the northern side of the island, has developed near the remains of the ancient Issa, first urban centre in Croatia. Try some exquisite wine in one of the Vis traditional wineries. If interested, visit the remains of the Roman thermal place, city museum or simply take a walk enjoying the views of the beautiful Villae Rusticae situated along the waterfront. Overnight: MS Aquamarin. Room: Outside cabin.*Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 7: Vis – Hvar

Early in the morning cruise towards small island Biševo to visit the Blue cave, a magnificent natural phenomenon (entrances to be paid on the spot – approx. 7 EUR). As sometimes weather conditions can be very unpredictable, the possibility of our visit will depend on those conditions, however you will be notified of this on the day. Continue towards the jet-set island Hvar with a swim stop and lunch on board at the Pakleni Islands. Hvar, the longest and sunniest island in the Adriatic is known for lavish lavender fields and breath-taking beauty. Afternoon arrival followed by a short presentation of lavender products and a tour of the town - the Renaissance cathedral with its original tower, and the oldest community theatre in Europe founded in 1612. Hike up to the town fort overlooking the harbour to get some lovely scenic views of your ship and the Pakleni islands. In the evening Hvar offers an abundance of entertainment - numerous restaurants, bars and cafes are open long into the night. Overnight in the port. Ship: MS Aquamarin. Room: Outside cabin.*Breakfast and lunch included.

Day 8: Hvar – Split

Morning departure to Brac Island where swimming is planned at the most famous beach in Dalmatia – Zlatni Rat near Bol – whose gravel promontory shifts from side to side as the wind and waves constantly change in shape. Bol is a typical fishermen’s village converted into a popular tourist destination. Continue to Split to enjoy a guided tour of the city upon arrival, a historical town under UNESCO protection and a world heritage site. One will find an abundance of Roman architecture – of special interest is the magnificent Diocletian palace, once inhabited by the Roman emperor. After the tour of Split, return to the ship. Ship: MS Aquamarin. Cabin: Outside cabin. Breakfast and lunch included.

Plitvice Lakes National ParkDay 9: Split – Plitvice

Disembark the ship at 09:00am and we travel north to Zadar. Upon arrival enjoy sightseeing tour of Zadar with local guide. View the Roman Forum and St. Donatus Church, a magnificent monument of Romanesque architecture. Walk to Zadar’s incredible Sea Organ, designed by local architect Nikola Bašic. Set within the perforated stone stairs that descend into the sea is a system of pipes and whistles that exudes wistful sighs when the movement of the sea pushes air through it. Continue to Plitvice Lakes. Hotel: Ethno Houses Plitvica or similar. Room: Lead in Room. *Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 10: Plitvice – Opatija

Morning dedicated to fascinating Plitvice Lakes national park. Plitvice Lakes are one of the oldest national parks in Southeast Europe and the largest in Croatia. Since 1979 they are listed on UNESCO Register of World Natural Heritage. Water, that carved its way through travertine rocks for millions of years, has made many deep lakes and breathtaking waterfalls. You can enjoy a walk along the wooden paths, have a boat ride on the biggest lake and discover the rich flora and fauna. In the afternoon we will continue to Opatija, popular tourist resort situated in the Kvarner bay. Hotel: Amadria Park Grand or similar. Room: Lead in Room. *Breakfast included.

Day 11: Opatija - Ljubljana

Travel towards Slovenia and stop at Postojna cave. Formed over millions of years, the subterranean world of Postojna Cave is one of Slovenia’s most breathtaking sights. A 90-minute guided tour takes visitors through the caves. The tour is partly done by foot and partly with small electric train. Inside the caves, there are beautiful karst formations, some of which are millions of years old. Continue to Ljubljana for overnight. Hotel: Austria Trend Ljubljana or similar. Room: Lead in Room. *Breakfast included.

Day 12: Ljubljana

This morning, during your walking tour of Ljubljana, you will view the most significant sights of the old city centre: the picturesque central open-air market, the Three Bridges (both designed by famous architect Joze Plecnik), the Baroque Town Hall, Robba’s Fountain and many more. In the afternoon we will travel to Lake Bled. Beautifully situated in the Julian Alps the lake enchants its visitors with emerald water and small island situated in the middle of the lake. We will visit imposing Bled castle, perched on a high cliff above the lake and take a Pletna boat ride before returning to Ljubljana. Hotel: Austria Trend Ljubljana or similar. Room: Lead in Room. *Breakfast included.

Zagreb CroatiaDay 13: Ljubljana - Zagreb

Today we cross the border and travel back to Croatia and its capital city Zagreb. Upon arrival you will discover the history of Zagreb during your walking tour. View the Upper Town, St. Mark’s Church, St. Catherine’s Church, the Cathedral, the Parliament and the Government Palace. Rest of the day at leisure until our farewell dinner at local restaurant. Hotel: Sheraton Hotel or similar. Room: Lead in Room. *Breakfast and dinner included.

Day 14: Zagreb

After breakfast, private transfer from hotel to airport, for your onward journey. *Breakfast included.


Travel Dates:

Dubrovnik – Zagreb: 6 & 20 Sep 2019

Zagreb – Dubrovnik: 9 Sep 2019

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